Durst has entered the superwide commercial imaging segment in a very big way with the introduction of the 5-meter Rho 500R UV inkjet printer at the FESPA commercial imaging trade show in Amsterdam. The Rho 500R incorporates the latest in digital imaging, workflow and operational technologies to deliver exceptional superwide images for the most innovative, challenging applications?and do it economically at maximum production speeds, Durst said.
Durst has equipped the Rho 500R with the latest iteration of its remarkable Quadro 30D Array print head technology. The number of nozzles per color is doubled to 2,048, ink temperature is accurately regulated at the nozzle and a Point Drop Setting ink regulation system is incorporated?to deliver the highest image quality at the highest speed, Durst said.
High-performance carriage and linear motor drive systems, precision Push Media transport mechanisms, built-in laser media tracking sensors, Durst's intelligent dither technology, a range of user-settable parameters and a variety of other technologies combine to make the Rho 500R one of the most efficient, economical large-format imagers ever made, Durst said. The printer is designed to operate unattended, uses less ink than other comparable superwide platforms, and minimizes operational costs due to its high productivity and efficient workflow, Durst said.
"We're very proud to be able to say that our first entry into the superwide segment is demonstrably superior to every other superwide-format printer on the market," said Christopher Howard, senior vice president of sales & marketing for Durst US. "By whatever measure you might choose ? image quality, productivity, ease of use, reliability, versatility, cost of operation, efficiency or environmental impact?the Rho 500R sets the standard. It's best able to satisfy a range of needs for the commercial imager who doesn't simply want to succeed, but to excel, in the superwide category."
The Rho 500R prints six-color, 600-dpi images on five-meter vinyl, mesh and other superwide roll media at speeds up to 4,300 sqft/hr. But it also can print on three 1.6-meter rolls?of textiles or polyester film, for example?simultaneously to achieve high efficiency and handle a broader range of applications, Durst said.
Howard added that Durst will conduct customer "demos" over several weeks starting in June at its manufacturing facility in Lienz, Austria. Interested companies in the US and Canada should contact Durst US at 585/486-0340, ext. 5270. Durst also intends to exhibit the Rho 800HS in the US at the SGIA trade show, Oct. 7-9 in New Orleans.